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School of Human and Consumer Sciences

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Athens, OH 45701

Beth VanDerveer
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Athens, OH 45710

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education - Teaching  

The major in family and consumer sciences education (FCS) is offered in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences Education in  The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services. Students completing this program fulfill the requirements for a teaching license in family and consumer sciences to teach in grades 4-12.

Career Opportunities

FCS Education majors gain in-depth knowledge in child and family studies with specialized course work in nutrition and food science, consumer and financial literacy, textiles and apparel, interior environments, and career planning.


A graduate might teach courses in nutrition & health, food safety, child care, parenting, building personal, family and career relationships, consumer and financial literacy, and/or transitions for academic and career success. In some school settings, a graduate might teach clothing or textile arts, interior design and other life and career skills.


FCS teacher candidates are prepared to coordinate GRADS, Ohio's in-school teen pregnancy program, leadership development through the FCCLA student orgranization, provide community leadership through in-class service learning, and career internship/mentorship programs or foundation classes for related career academies.


Special Features

As a student in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program at Ohio University, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the following professional activities in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences:

  • Join OU/ HSO- Human Services Organization affiliated with AAFCS

  • Visit schools to observe teachers and practice teaching

  • Intern with Extension or other community service agencies

  • Learn about and be involved in service learning projects

  • Join numerous other professional organizations related to content courses


Our Faculty

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Patton College of Education

The Patton College of Education has been a proud pillar of Ohio University since 1886, when it became the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio. Today, the college has grown to include undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to careers in teaching, counseling, and public school and higher education administration.

Learning is at the heart of all we do in The Patton College of Education, but our mission is about more than just providing an education. The Patton College of Education strives to be an equitable, effective, and interactive learning community that makes a difference to education and human development through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service. We seek answers to questions about how people learn and what they should know and be able to do as students, teachers, counselors, and administrators.

The Patton College of Education's teacher and administrator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Counselor education programs in the college are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs and the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.